Saudi bombs kill over dozen Yemenis [Press TV - 23/10/15]





A number of migrants were detained at dawn Friday for attempting to illegally leave the country through the Sarafand port, announced the navy.

It said that 36 Lebanese and Palestinians were detained on a boat that was headed to Turkey.

They have since been referred to the concerned authorities for investigation. Army Intelligence later arrested five people in the southern city of Sidon, who are directly involved in the smuggling operation. ... [Naharnet - 23/10/15]





Dozens of Palestinians injured in West Bank, Gaza clashes [Maan - 23/10/15]





A right wing activist attempted to stab Rabbis for Human Rights head Arik Ascherman who was helping Palestinians harvest olives near the settlement of Itamar in the Samaria Region of the West Bank, according to a spokesman for the group. ... [Jerusalem Post - 23/10/15]





Netanyahu approves expansion of illegal settlement near Nablus [Middle East Monitor - 23/10/15]





A leading French journalist working for BuzzFeed was attacked by far-right Jewish extremists as a mob tried to storm the offices of the country’s national news agency in Paris on Thursday.

David Perrotin was protected by police after being surrounded by a dozen masked men brandishing batons. The Ligue de Défense Juive was protesting against Agence France Presse’s coverage of the Israel-Palestine conflict. ... [Guardian - 23/10/15]





Wheelchairs remain scarce in Gaza hospital shelled by Israel [Electronic Intifada - 21/10/15]





Six children in the Northern Territory who allegedly stole a car and attempted to enter a home got a shock when a man jumped into a helicopter and tracked them as they tried to flee from his property, allowing police to catch them.

Police have arrested two girls and four boys, all aged between nine and 14, after they allegedly stole a car in Palmerston and committed other crimes. ... [ABC - 23/10/15]





Freddie Gray’s mother attempts suicide, report says [Washington Post - 23/10/15]





2 people killed, 1 injured in St. Louis shooting [KTRS - 23/10/15]





The FBI director, James Comey, said on Thursday that the agency used its aircraft above Ferguson, Missouri, last year at the request of local law enforcement to help keep track of unrest on the ground. ... [Guardian - 23/10/15]




One killed in Tennessee campus shooting; 3 injured [USA Today - 23/10/15]




Putin accuses West of double standards over Syria [Al Jazeera - 23/10/15]




One member of a U.S. special operations force was killed during an overnight mission to rescue hostages held by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq, the first American to die in ground combat with the militant group, U.S. officials said on Thursday. ... [Reuters - 22/10/15]




United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria



US Department of Defense [22/10/15]:



U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Airstrikes in Syria

Attack, bomber and fighter aircraft conducted eight strikes in Syria:

-- Near Raqqah, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

-- Near Washiyah, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL excavator.

-- Near Mar’a, a strike destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL building.

-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, five strikes struck two ISIL crude oil collection points, an ISIL maintenance and storage yard, an ISIL main petroleum station, and an ISIL cash distribution site.

Airstrikes in Iraq

Bomber, fighter, ground-attack, attack, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 14 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government:

-- Near Kirkuk, a strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.

-- Near Mosul, a strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.

-- Near Ramadi, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL heavy machine guns, an ISIL building, an ISIL bunker, and an ISIL vehicle.

-- Near Sinjar, a strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

-- Near Sultan Abdallah, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL heavy machine gun, and an ISIL vehicle.

-- Near Tal Afar, seven strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL bomb facility, an ISIL bomb-making facility, five ISIL vehicles, two ISIL bunkers, 31 ISIL fighting positions, and two ISIL supply caches.







Police started moving hundreds of refugees and migrants out of a decommissioned secondary school in Paris early on Friday, ending a four-month stand-off over their use of the building.

Officers cordoned off the area before dawn as the inhabitants, including refugees from Afghanistan, Eritrea and other trouble spots, gathered calmly in the school grounds waiting for buses to pick them up.

Police at the scene declined to comment on the operation or say where the migrants were going. ... [Reuters - 23/10/15]




@MSF_Sea [23/10/15]:   ...  MSF is sending extra support to Ministry of Health at #Brevice on #Slovenia #Croatia border. 12,000 people have crossed in 1 day.







@MSF_Sea [22/10/15]:  We have met so many pregnant women on the #Mediterranean. How can the world still be forcing them to the sea?




As Australian policy makers focus on building a system of deterrence the Rohingya face few options aside from the perilous journey. Mark Isaacs travelled to Bangladesh and Burma to hear their stories. ... [New Matilda - 23/10/15]




Rohingya kids in the rain during the rainy season in Sittwe's Muslim Quarter, now effectively a sealed ghetto.


Image:  ‏@andreapitzer [16/7/15]




… Based on the current data, a large proportion—perhaps even a majority—of the individuals voyaging across the Bay of Bengal are refugees and, with many lacking any citizenship, are also stateless.

These individuals are entitled to international protection, including access to asylum.

In the absence of domestic refugee status determination systems, the most effective and efficient response may be the mobile protection teams referred to above. … Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea:  Proposals for Action, May 2015 [UNHCR]




Reporters Without Borders condemns Nauru’s decision to impose media embargo [Media Release - 22/10/15]




US Ambassador Cefkin with the Republic of Nauru media team [17/8/15]




Judith Cefkin - US Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu [Term of Appointment: 11/20/2014 to present]



All Gov [11/10/14]:

... Since 2013, Cefkin has been senior advisor for Burma (Myanmar). She has spent much of the time working on normalizing relations between the United States and that nation, traveling there as part of that effort.




Who is provoking the brutal attacks on women in PNG?  


A sorcery-related forum will be held in PNG next week, with visiting academics and members of law enforcement and the US ambassador to PNG, Walter North. ...  Papua New Guinea students share video appearing to show women tortured for 'witchcraft' [Guardian - 23/10/15]




Fear of witchcraft 'spreading like wildfire' in PNG: police [RNZI – 28/5/15]




American missionary launches Tok Pisin Bible [The National – 27/5/15]:

The King James Version of the Bible has been translated into Tok Pisin by an American missionary and launched last Friday at Pangia station, Southern Highlands.

Hundreds of Christians flocked to the station to thank missionary Chad Wells from the Baptist Church and to view the Bible.

It is the first time the King James Version Bible had been translated into Tok Pisin. The small Bible is being sold for K35 and the bigger one costs K52.50.

Deputy Secretary for the Department of Community Development, Religion and Youth Leo Tulumbu gave K5000 to the church as an appreciation for the work done.

He said semi-educated or illiterate people would benefit from the Tok Pisin Bible to easily understand the word of God.

“The Government and churches are working in partnership and Christians must pray hard so that the word of the Lord will change this nation and people’s lives,” he said.

Michael Wilson, deputy chairman of the Body of Christ, said every parliamentarian must have a copy of the Tok Pisin Bible by September this year.



Woman accused of sorcery in Papua New Guinea axed to death, missionary says [ABC – 23/5/15]:


... The victim, identified only as Misila, was one three women saved by missionaries and police in January after being accused of practising sorcery. ...




National Cultural Commission says Christian fundamentalist "Burn the Witch" National Day of Repentance incites violence against PNG culture [PNG Loop - 25/8/15]





A two-page paid advertisement in print media on Repentance, or National Day of Prayer this Wednesday, August 26 has come under scrutiny by the Papua New Guinea Council of Churches.

The advert stated that during repentance day, an offering called the Aliyah will be collected and given officially to the Jewish people by the government of Papua New Guinea.

It also quotes bible verses showing support for idols, and why they should be brought forward to be burnt.

The Aliyah offering as defined in the advert is the return of Jews to Israel from whatever nation around the world they have been scattered. ... [EMTV - 24/8/15]




PNG Loop [27/4/15]:


After staying in the plane for about 20 minutes awaiting the arrival of the Prime Minister, the 404 years old Bible from the United States was ushered down from the plane by church elders.

They were lead by Reverend Joseph Walters to the VIP’s podium where a stage was set up for the elders and leaders.

The sound of a bugle at the plane’s stairs welcomed the Bible as people began cheering and praising the Lord and welcoming Him into the country.

Thousands of people in the city braved the midday heat to welcome the bible, brought from the US by Parliament Speaker Theo Zurenuoc and his delegation.

Men, women and children from many denominations who gathered at the Jackson’s international airport as they awaited the Holy Word from the plane began praying and singing praise, giving glory to the Lord.

The bible is one of a limited number from a 1611 printing in England.

Reverend Walters along with other church elders carried the Bible out from the plane, along the red carpet and onto the stage.

Tears of joy were shed by the people who were crying out openly, praising the Lord.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill arrived later and was ushered straight to the stage and received the Bible from Speaker Zurenuoc.

The PM is reported to have flown in from Popondetta.

Other Ministers and MPs who welcomed the Bible include Opposition Leader Don Polye, Finance Minister James Marape, Forestry Minister Douglas Tomuriesa, Community Development and Religion Minister Delilah Gore, Southern Highlands Governor William Powi, Eastern Highlands Governor Julie Soso, Mul Baiyer MP De Kewanu, Usina Bundi MP Anthony Yagama and other distinguished leaders.

A mighty worship team from the AOG Cornerstone church led proceedings as people began praying and rejoicing, welcoming the Bible.

Mr Zurenuoc challenged the Government to reform the ways they were operating and to look unto the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob for their refuge and shelter.

“There’s no way for us to hide or run to. Jesus is our only Hope and our refuge in time of need,” he said

Mr O’Neill thanked the Speaker for bringing the Bible to PNG and received the Bible.

Chairman of the Port Moresby Pastors Fraternity Reverend Joseph Walters made the final remarks and blessed the Holy Word as it departed for the Governor General’s office before bringing it to the National Parliament where it will be kept.




PNG PM sign deal with Israel for defence, security boost [PINA - 17/10/13]







Sydney Town Hall


Image:  @ResignInShame [23/10/15]




Australia incarcerates and tortures refugees while these hypocrites have a party via @UNrefugees [23/10/15]







Australian branch of UNHCR and anti refugee politicians celebrate the 70th birthday of the UN



Arrogant bigot –> … During the day, Ms [Julie] Bishop will have several side bilateral meetings including with her Indian and Bangladeshi counterparts.

She will also have a one on one meeting with Indonesian foreign minister Retno Masudi.

"We also have a good understanding of what we can do together on countering violent extremism, the issue of foreign terrorist fighters," Ms Bishop said.

"Most recently I met with Marsudi in New York and we discussed the role Indonesia could play in a bridge in being a moderate Islamic nation, a bridge to other Islamic nations, and I'll explore some of those ideas that she raised at that time." ... [ABC - 23/10/15]



@NaqshMurtaza [23/10/15]:   Refugees in Indonesian Detention Camp of Pontianak asking @UNHCR & @IOM_Indonesia to hear their voices.




Sydney Morning Herald [16/10/15]:


A group of 120 refugees stuck in Pekanbaru, on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, have gone on a hunger strike to protest their frustration over delays to their resettlement in a third country.

Ahmad Zaki, a Hazara refugee from Pakistan, said the refugees wanted the UN refugee agency to come to Pekanbaru to discuss their resettlement cases and open an office in the Sumatran city.

"We are waiting for our resettlement process from more than one year," Mr Zaki said. "I want to go to Australia or any other country."

The men, who are from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan and Myanmar, have been found to be genuine refugees by the UNHCR. Their accommodation, medical care and a living stipend is paid for by the International Organisation of Migration.

"We tried to contact UNHCR many times. They make excuses every time. They reached other cities every two to three months regularly," Mr Zaki said.

About 13,000 asylum seekers and refugees are registered with the UNHCR in Indonesia.

Many found to be genuine refugees remain stranded in the archipelago while the UNHCR tries to find a third country in which to resettle them.

In an interview with Fairfax Media last week, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said Indonesia was not a destination country for refugees.

"So we hope that countries like Australia could take more. But of course I understand the domestic situation," she said. "Shared responsibility, shared burden is very important. I leave it to the UNCHR to have a discussion with destination countries that belong to the Convention [relating to the Status of Refugees]."




Protected and unaccountable Australian government still refuses to answer Indonesia's allegations that officials repelled a refugee boat by bribing its crew [SBS - 19/6/15]:


A letter from Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to Indonesian officials does not address claims that Australia paid the crew of an asylum seeker boat.

There is no explanation of whether Australia paid cash to an asylum boat crew in correspondence from Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir says.

Ms Bishop's letter was handed to her counterpart Retno Marsudi from Ambassador Paul Grigson on Friday.

"When we did not receive any new information or any clarification, again, like I said, we cannot be blamed for taking the view that there was an illicit payment made to the smugglers," Mr Nasir told reporters.

A boat captain and five crew members are being questioned by police on the Indonesian island of Rote for aiding 65 people who wanted asylum in New Zealand, and say an Australian official paid them cash to turn back to Indonesia.

Ms Retno asked Mr Grigson to seek an explanation of the claims on Saturday, before she left for meetings in Norway.

He visited her office for about 20 minutes on Friday, their first formal get-together since returning from his recall over Indonesia's execution of Bali Nine drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

"Australia remains very committed to cooperation with Indonesia to combat people smuggling in all its forms," Mr Grigson told reporters after the meeting.

"As my prime minister has said repeatedly, ... Australian officials have always acted within the law in this case."




New Zealand government refers refugees to Australia [RNZI - 13/6/15]:


The Government has told 65 asylum seekers wanting to live in New Zealand to contact United Nations officials in Australia.

The people, from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar, say they were heading for New Zealand when they were shipwrecked on an Indonesian reef earlier this month.

In a letter seen by Radio New Zealand, the group made a plea to the Government for asylum, saying it is unsafe for them to return home.

A written reply from the office of the Immigration Minister, Michael Woodhouse, said while New Zealand accepted 750 refugees annually, it could not pick and choose.

It said the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Canberra was responsible for inquires dealing with New Zealand and suggested the group approach that office. [The UNHCR Canberra have said nothing - as is their usual response to regional refugee  issues - and the media have not asked them about the refugees' predicament.]

A UN representative in Indonesia said they met with the group, 52 of whom were registered as refugees.




... Nazmul Hassan, who identifies himself as one of the 65 in a Kupang detention centre, said they just wanted a peaceful life.

"We leave our country because of some problems and political violence and [too many problems]."

"We are really in trouble now, and under pressure now."

 Mr Hassan said they were all confined to one room at the centre in West Timor. He said the group was mentally and physically exhausted.  ... [RNZI - 7/6/15]




Sydney Morning Herald [2/6/15]:


... Fishermen spotted two boats floating near Landuti island in the West Rote district, 500 kilometres north-east of the Australian coast, on Sunday. 

"They looked exhausted," Rote police chief Hidayat said.

"One female passenger is pregnant – we took her immediately to the hospital but she is ok now."

Mr Hidayat said the migrants told him they had been caught by Australian customs on May 26, who sunk their boat.

They were put in two blue and white boats, and sent back into Indonesian waters. ...




 Rally for Abyan today in Canberra  @AndrewLeighMHR  @ZedSeselja ...



Image:  ‏@binarythis [23/10/15]



Canberra Times [23/10/15]: 


Refugee advocates rallied at the offices of ACT federal MPs and senators on Thursday afternoon to protest the deportation of the pregnant Somali refugee who says she was raped on Nauru.

The woman, known as Abyan, was flown back to the island amid claims by Australian officials that she rejected treatment.

Abyan's lawyers said she was denied access to an interpreter and counselling.

Protesters congregated outside the Bunda Street office of Senator Zed Seselja​ before marching on the offices of Senator Katy Gallagher and Fraser MP Andrew Leigh.

A separate delegation targeted the office of Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann​.

Activists presented the politicians with a motion passed by a public forum organised by Canberra's Refugee Action Committee last Monday, calling on parliamentarians to publicly demand Abyan be returned to Australia and be given access to appropriate medical and legal counsel.





President Obama and Texas are colluding to detain refugee children in private prisons [Huffington Post - 22/10/15]:

The State of Texas has issued an emergency rule that transforms private prisons into "licensed child care facilities."

At a time when both left and right have begun to agree on the needless financial and human costs of mass incarceration, the State of Texas is conspiring with the Obama administration to undermine a federal court order so they can keep innocent children in prison.

If they succeed, it will be the latest in a litany of miseries wrought upon desperate kids and their mothers fleeing Central and South American countries where many had been kidnapped, raped, beaten, and tortured.



Citizenship discrimination for refugees who arrive by boat [Refugee Council of Australia - 19/10/15]:


New research from the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) raises serious questions about discrimination in access to citizenship for refugees who arrived by boat in Australia seeking protection.

The research, Delays in Citizenship Applications for Permanent Refugee Visa Holders, is based on 188 interviews with people of refugee background who are eligible for citizenship after being in Australia for four years on a permanent humanitarian visa but have experienced considerable delays in the citizenship process.

Paul Power, CEO of the Refugee Council of Australia, said, “Although the people interviewed as part of our research have qualified for Australian citizenship, they appear to have been denied the right to fulfil their goal of becoming Australian citizens.

“The evidence collected by RCOA suggests that these delays are disproportionately affecting those who arrived in Australia by boat, as 89% of the people who have raised concerns with us about delays have arrived in this manner,” Mr Power said, noting that RCOA research shows these delays commenced after the change of government in September 2013.

“We encourage the Minister to disclose if there has been a change of policy. If so, the people affected and the Australian people must be told, so that the public can scrutinise what appears to be a discriminatory practice.” Mr Power said,

“While the Immigration Department claims that 80% of citizenship applications are completed within 80 days, the applicants RCOA consulted have been waiting on average for 215 days since lodging their application. For those who have completed the citizenship test and are waiting to attend a citizenship ceremony, the average wait is 357 days from the time of their application, and 270 days from the time they successfully passed the citizenship test.

“A number of applicants have received letters of approval from the Minister of Immigration and Border Protection, stating that the final step to gain citizenship is to attend a citizenship ceremony. However, these people have not been invited to participate in a citizenship ceremony, despite regular, often monthly, citizenship ceremonies occurring in each local government area.

“We have also heard from applicants who received a call or text message the night before they were due to attend the ceremony indicating that the ceremony was cancelled. However, months later, they still have not been invited to attend another event.

“It is troubling that this seemingly discriminatory practice is occurring and we are seeking the Minister’s clarification,” Mr Power said.

“The operation of so many components of immigration policy, whether it be in detention centres, with Border Force, in offshore processing centres, and now seemingly in refugee policy as well, is conducted in a manner that is not transparent and where accountability is lacking. Such a lack of transparency and accountability is a recipe for abuse and harm, and it must be addressed”

“For someone who has been forced to flee their home and seek protection as a refugee, citizenship has profound psychological and emotional benefits. We would strongly encourage the Minister to ensure this cohort of people who are freed from their legal limbo.”





Australia stopped accepting UNHCR refugees in October 2014.



Witness to Reza Barati murder says he is under constant threat in the Manus Island detention centre and he has been told he will be killed unless he withdraws his testimony [Guardian - 23/10/15]:


... Satah has since been returned to Foxtrot compound at his request, and says that local guards sit a the back of his accommodation block throughout the day.

“They never used to do that. I can never leave my room. I only leave to go to eat, and I always have to go with other people around me. I am not safe.

“I have seen what they can do. I saw them beat my friend to death. They can kill people. And they will kill me.”

Satah receives regular threats by phone. Guardian Australia has seen some of the text messages sent to his phone, and to the phones of friends also in detention. ...





Shaker Aamer:  After 5,000 days of torment, last British prisoner at Guantanamo is set for release [Democracy Now - 22/10/15]:



... CLIVE STAFFORD SMITH: Well, you know, when you look at all the people in Guantánamo, it’s easy to talk about statistics and how there are 779 people who have been there. But, of course, each of them is a human being, an individual. And Shaker—you know, I’m a parent. I’ve got a seven-year-old son. And the idea of not seeing my son all the time, it would be dreadful. Shaker has four children now. He and his wife had three very small children when he was detained. His fourth child, Faris, was born on Valentine’s Day 2002, the very day that Shaker got to Guantánamo Bay. Shaker, in 14 years, has never met his child. He’s never hugged him, never nothing. ...




Australia's protected and unaccountable Immigration Minister says refugees exiled and imprisoned on Manus Island to be "resettled" - again


Sydney Morning Herald [23/10/15]:


... Immigration Minister Peter Dutton on Friday said the PNG government had announced it would soon begin refugee settlement following approval by its National Executive Committee for the National Refugee Policy.

"This is delivering on the intentions of the RRA [regional resettlement arrangement], consistent with the spirit of partnership that exists between our two countries," Mr Dutton said, adding "no-one will be resettled in Australia".

The announcement showed the PNG government was committed to allowing refugees to "get on with their lives and have a fresh start in this dynamic nation with a growing economy", he said. ...



U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein accused the Czech Republic on Thursday of committing systematic human rights violations by detaining refugees for up to 90 days, strip-searching them for money to pay for their own detention. ... [Reuters - 22/10/15]





Greens refugee spokesperson helps Queensland branch with its PR problem [Yahoo - 23/10/15]:


... Shakra Energy's managing director Sam Khalil will join Greens senators Sarah Hanson-Young and Larissa Waters to unveil Australia's "largest carport solar development" in Brisbane on Friday. ...





Trevor Meauri, deputy secretary at the Prime Minister's department, will arrive today in Manus to hear pleas for help from the Manus Open Member Ronny Knight. ... [PNG Loop - 23/10/15]





Amnesty urges transfer of refugee on Nauru [RNZI - 23/10/15]:



Amnesty International has urged Australia to immediately transfer a Somali refugee from Nauru in urgent need of an abortion and mental health care.

Amnesty says after bringing her to Australia to terminate her pregnancy, which was not carried out, the government of Australia unlawfully returned her to Nauru, where her safety and health are at risk.

The Somali refugee, who says she is pregnant because of a rape three months ago, was flown back to Nauru.

The Australian government says she did not want an abortion, but she said she wants to go ahead with the procedure, which in Nauru is illegal.

It is understood this is the first time that the international human rights organisation has issued an alert for a refugee or asylum seeker in Australian custody on the islands.

A refugee campaigner is also calling on the Australian government to once again return a pregnant refugee from Nauru to Australia.

Pamela Curr from Melbourne's Asylum Seeker Resource Centre says the 23-year-old woman should have her rights respected, and be given the help and counselling she deserves.

 "Well this woman is in a terrible position, she's a recognised refugee, she cannot return to her home, she is carrying a child conceived out of rape, what is her future?"

Ms Curr says if the Australia government does nothing, the cost is too high.




Robbery and assault charges, Southport




QPS Media [23/10/15]:




Police have charged a 29-year-old Palm Beach man following an incident in Southport last night.

It will be alleged around 10pm the man has attended a residence in High Street and has attempted to force entry into a unit.

A woman residing in the unit has then attempted to leave and it is then alleged the man has punched the woman a number of times.

Police will further allege the man has then taken the woman’s phone and has fled the scene.

The woman was conveyed to the Gold Coast University Hospital for treatment to head and facial injuries.

 The man was later located at a Palm Beach address and was arrested.

He was charged with one count each of wilful damage, entering a dwelling with intent, assaults occasioning bodily harm and robbery.

He is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court today.

 Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day.





Fatal traffic crash, Advancetown




QPS Media [22/10/15]:



Police are investigating a fatal traffic crash at Advancetown this afternoon.

Initial investigations suggest that just before 4pm a motorcyclist lost control of his motorcycle on Clagiraba Road.

A 24-year-old man was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day.





A former north Queensland school principal and Christian Brother is facing nine child sex charges dating back nearly 40 years. ... [Yahoo - 23/10/15]




Two Brisbane men charged over the rape of another man during an Australia Day party are aspiring Australian rules footballers, a court has heard.  ... [Yahoo - 23/10/15]





Man released over death of Brisbane woman [Yahoo - 23/10/15]





Man who shot Gold Coast policeman in the face found guilty



MYGC [22/10/15]:



An armed robber who shot a Gold Coast dog squad police officer, Gary Hamrey, in the face has been found guilty of attempted murder in a Brisbane court on Thursday.

 Robert Speedy, shot Sergeant Gary Hamrey in the face after being caught stealing $40,000 from the Arundel Tavern two years ago.

Speedy had admitted to shooting Sergeant Hamrey in the cheek with a rifle while on the run from the scene of an armed robbery, but argued it wasn’t an attempt to kill the officer.

After deliberating for four-and-a-half hours,the jury accepted the crown case that Speedy was a determined thief who would rather kill than surrender.

Speedy’s defence team had argued he unintentionally shot the officer while trying to avoid arrest.







A New York City police officer was shot and killed late on Tuesday while pursuing a suspected armed robber close to a busy road in the city's East Harlem neighborhood, police said on Tuesday. ... [Reuters - 21/10/15]







A disgruntled customer has allegedly threatened a Domino's employee with a firearm after being told his pizzas couldn't be delivered.

Philip Raymond Willich is accused of pulling the pellet handgun on a 25-year-old employee outside the Cairns shop on Wednesday night. ... [Yahoo - 22/10/15]






A man is in a serious condition after he was allegedly stabbed by a female on Wednesday morning. Police and forensic officers attended a home in Beck Crescent in Happy Valley about 8.15am. ... [North West Star - 21/10/15]





Three dead, two hurt in Swedish school attack




The Local [22/10/15]:



The suspect behind a stabbing spree at a school in west Sweden has been confirmed dead.

A teenager and a teacher also died and two others remain in hospital.

The attack took place on Thursday morning at the school, around 75km from Gothenburg, after a man wearing a mask walked into a building on the premises wielding "several knife-like objects", police said.

One male teacher, 20, died following the incident, along with a pupil, whose age was confirmed by police in the evening as 17, despite initial statements suggesting he was 11.

A 21-year-old suspect was confirmed dead just after 4pm, with officials adding that they did not think that anyone else was involved. Another teacher and an older pupil are understood to remain in hospital.

"The assailant knocked on two classroom doors and he attacked the two students who opened the doors," police investigator Thord Haraldsson told a press conference in Trollhättan.  

He said that officers called to the scene had fired two shots, with one of them hitting the assailant, after the suspect had first attempted to attack the police.  

Haraldsson said if the police hadn't reacted as quickly as they did, the situation could have been much worse.

Pre-school children had been visiting the school's library earlier in the day.  

Some pupils have described how they initially thought the man's appearance was a prank.  

 "When we first saw him, we thought it was a joke. He was wearing a mask and black clothes and (carrying) a long sword.

Some students wanted to take their picture with him and feel the sword," one unidentified pupil told TT.  

A picture reported to be of the alleged attacker was circulating in Swedish media on Thursday afternoon.       

Several news outlets said the 21-year-old had a YouTube account where he posted material glorifying Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany, and was critical of Islam and immigration.  

Haraldsson confirmed during the press conference that reports the suspect had far-right beliefs were part of the investigation, but said he did not want to comment further.  

However the detective told Swedish reporters that several "things that are of interest" had been discovered when searching his home.








Road rage escalated into deadly violence when a motorist fired into another vehicle on a New Mexico interstate, killing a 4-year-old girl, according to newly released court documents and police records.

Illiana "Lilly" Rose Garcia was declared dead at a hospital after the incident Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 40 in Albuquerque. ... [CNN - 22/10/15]




Man charged with stealing last Australian-made Holden Commodore model



ABC [23/10/15]:


A man who allegedly stole the last locally built Holden Commodore model during a company demonstration at Mallala Motor Sport Park north of Adelaide will face court after being arrested overnight.

The man, from Salisbury Heights, allegedly jumped into the driver's seat of a white Series II VF Holden Commodore SS during a training session on Thursday and sped off.

Police said Holden staff had been conducting a training session when they saw a woman drive onto the race track in a Holden Cruze with a male passenger just before 11:30am.

"The gentleman has allegedly got out of the car and then hopped in one of the brand new cars which had the keys in the ignition and took off," Senior Constable Kimberly Broad said.

The car was found at Fairview Park at about 10:00pm without any apparent damage.

Holden will release the new Commodore to media for the first time later today.

It is the last model to be built locally ahead of Holden's withdrawal from Australian manufacturing in 2017.





Thanks for numbering every box and putting the LNP last!   ---->  Deputy Premier Jackie Trad has dismissed reports the Queensland government is considering scrapping plans to merge state-owned power generators amid fears of price gouging. ... [Yahoo - 22/10/15]






Political, media and union establishment keep saying that Queensland doctors happy with continuation of neoliberal contracts if ALP in government [Brisbane Times - 23/10/15]






... It took police more than an hour to respond to Ms Conway's call after 9pm. ... Queensland DV death entirely preventable [Yahoo - 22/10/15]





 Queensland deputy premier Jackie Trad says there's nothing wrong with embattled union boss Michael Ravbar remaining in the Labor Party until he's actually charged. ... [Yahoo - 22/10/15]





Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection takes on Linc Energy over alleged damage to cropping land [Chronicle - 22/10/15]:


... The report claimed government workers were hospitalised with suspected gas poisoning during soil testing in March.

The State Government report will not be released until next month, which has angered landholders living near the Linc Energy site.

Hopeland Community Sustainability Group's Shay Dougall has released dozens of statements claiming landowners were being subjected to potential poisoning through the land. ...





Dozens of wild brumbies have been shot and killed from helicopters during a mass culling north of Townsville yesterday. ... [ABC - 22/10/15]





Queensland councils vote for state and federal governments to manage "flying fox problems"  [ABC - 22/10/15]







The case of a Queensland veterinarian charged over his handling of Hendra virus in a horse has been dismissed in Bundaberg.

Dr Luke Annetts was one of three vets to be among the first charged under Section 28 of the Workplace Health and Safety Act.

His charges related to failing to comply with a duty to take care of himself and others while managing horses later found to have the disease.

Magistrate Aaron Simpson dismissed the case after representatives of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) failed to attend the first hearing in Bundaberg Court this morning. ... [ABC - 22/10/15]






... Liddiard thinks since John Howard was in power a “really vocal minority bunch of rightwinger nut jobs” have continued to run the show with his rule book – “you’ve got to be this, otherwise we’ll shun you as unAustralian.”

But he has plenty of firepower left to direct at an ineffectual Australian left that he says somewhere along the line lost its toughness.

“I’m not going to wait for some leftwing humanities professor to explain in extremely complicated language suspended on tenterhooks why being racist is fucked. I’m just going to say racism is fucked. Sometimes a bull in a china shop is a good thing. It’s OK to be loud and obvious, and you can tell people to get fucked.

“It’s time leftwingers grew some balls. You don’t have to be clever about it – just grow some hairy ones.” ... [Guardian - 23/10.15]





ASIO 'facts' don't always conform to reality [Canberra Times - 20/10/15]





The competition watchdog has given the green light for Foxtel to purchase up to 15 per cent of Network Ten Holdings, stating the metropolitan broadcaster and pay television provider will continue to face competition from the free-to-air networks and streaming services. ...  [Sydney Morning Herald - 22/10/15]





Dave Smith was the scalp Rupert Murdoch wanted [Sydney Morning Herald - 20/10/15]





Rebekah Brooks’s former security chief withdraws threat of Sun revelations [Guardian - 20/10/15]






Iceland sentences 26 bankers to a combined 74 years in prison [US Uncut - 21/10/15]






Spate of black church burnings near Ferguson raise new hate crime fears [Democracy Now - 22/10/15]:



… AMY GOODMAN: Now, that is Congressmember Peter King of New York. I wanted to ask Reverend Rodrick Burton, pastor of the New Northside Missionary Baptist Church—we don’t know who set these fires. We do know that in the fires that happened after the Charleston, South Carolina, massacre, at least three have been called arson. But what are your thoughts on what he said, on what Congressman King said?

REV. RODRICK BURTON: Well, it’s very tragic that one of our representatives of our federal government is so ill-informed. Americans have always been the best at killing other Americans. There’s a history of that. And while as tragic as 9/11 was, if you take a brief survey of American history, in the 20th century, 19th century—you have anarchists, you have the Klan—Americans have always excelled any other outside group at harming other Americans.

AMY GOODMAN: And how are you organizing, Reverend Burton, with other ministers of these churches? I mean, this is the area around Ferguson, is that right? How—what are you calling for right now?

REV. RODRICK BURTON: What I have been consistently calling for is that there will be a coming together of the faith community in St. Louis, because we have a long and a shameful history of division in the city of St. Louis for a number of reasons—a continuing legacy of racism and structural racism. But I really felt that in an instant like this where churches were being attacked, it was an opportunity for the St. Louis faith community to stand up and lead the way in a coming together. But also I felt like this had a larger implication of: An attack on your freedom of religion should rile any American of whatever faith, of no faith. And I was very encouraged that yesterday at our community prayer service there were some who were agnostic who came up and said, "Yes, we agree with you. This is wrong. We are concerned." I had a few phone calls.

But again, what troubles me is not so much these attacks, but the community’s responses to these attacks. And, you know, I know America loves baseball and sports, but it seems it’s easier to get a conversation with an American about a rivalry of a national sports team than to have a discussion about, wow, our sacred freedom, freedom of religion, to practice or not, is being challenged and attacked. So, I’ve been very intentional and very relentless—matter of fact, I’m losing my voice—to try to get the community to come together and get people to stop and think about a precious freedom and think about how we should appreciate that. And we should collectively say, this is something that we don’t want and does not represent us.



The movement lives in Ferguson: Teach For America, black leadership, and disaster capitalism [Orchestrated Pulse - 9/10/15]



23 October 2015